The new year is always a great time to reflect back on the previous year and look forward to the new one. This reflection and look forward often results in making resolutions. Quite often new years resolutions are about quitting certain things and starting new ones. The beginning of the new year just feels like a good time for intentional resolve.
God has set CATALYST on a great course! As the initiative leading the church multiplication strategy of the International Baptist Convention, we resolve our commitment and passion for our mission, vision, and core values as we enter 2018.
decide firmly on a course of action.
synonyms: determine, decide, make up one’s mind, make a decision
Mission and Vision
We resolve our passion and commitment to Our Mission…To mobilize and multiply disciple-making churches.
We resolve our passion and commitment to Our Vision…To become a movement of global-minded churches reproducing healthy disciples, leaders, and congregations
We resolve our passion and commitment to our dream of…
- stimulating churches toward mission advancement.
- helping churches to keep their focus on making and multiplying disciples.
- developing pastors and leaders in essential ministry skills.
- becoming a catalyst for strategic church-planting.
- nurturing a spirit of love that bridges cultures, nationalities, ethnicities, generations, politics, privilege, position, and religious backgrounds.
- fostering fellowship and connections among pastors and churches.
- supporting churches in times of need and transition.
We resolve our passion and commitment to Our Core Values…
Affirming Scripture as the authoritative guide for all faith and practice, we value…
We value Partnership. We believe that working together with other churches to reach common goals enriches churches. Every church has something to offer. We also believe in connecting with other Christ-following groups. We can achieve more in this way than working independently of one another. We believe that cooperation is a gift of God. (Phil. 1:3-11, Eccl. 4:9)
We value Healthy Churches. Because we believe that the local church is God’s primary means of presenting the Gospel and establishing His kingdom, we will seek to help churches achieve their unique, disciple-making mission in relevant and effective ways. (Acts 2:42-47, 1 Thess. 1:2-10)
We value Church Planting. We believe that every church should be involved in some way in helping to start new congregations. We desire to expand our reach to strategic places around the world where the Gospel is needed. (Acts 1:8, Matt. 28:18-20)
We value Unity. The unity of the Spirit among our churches exhibits the oneness of all believers in Christ. We will seek to work out differences that may arise because we believe the power of the Gospel to unite us is stronger than the power of our enemy to divide us. (John 17:20-23, Eph. 2:19-22)
We value Diversity. Since Jesus commanded us to make disciples of all nations, we celebrate that people from many nations and cultures come together in our churches. We believe that our diversity expresses the creativity and eternal plan of God. (Gen. 12:3, Rev. 7:9-10)
We value Fellowship. We believe that community among Christ-followers facilitates encouragement, prayer, edification, and accountability. We believe that Christian friendships develop when we take the time and effort to share our joys, sorrows, and challenges. (1 Thess. 5:14, Gal. 6:2)
“Therefore, my dear brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always excelling in the Lord’s work, knowing that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.” 1 Cor. 15:58
Anything we have resolved to do for the Lord this year should be done with perseverance because this truth instructs us to be steadfast, immovable, and always excelling in the Lord’s work. If our new year’s excitement should fade, note the use of the word “labor” at the end of the verse. Intentions quite often become acts of labor. However, execution is far better than inspiration and this particular type of labor is more important than all others: it is labor for the Lord! Therefore, it is never in vain.